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handle

1. the quality, as of textiles, perceived by touching or feeling
2. Gambling the total amount of a bet on a horse race or similar event

handle

[′han·dəl]
(computer science)
One of several small squares that appear around a selected object in an object-oriented computer-graphics program, and can be dragged with a mouse to move, enlarge, reduce, or change the shape of the object.
In particular, one of the two interior points on a Bézier curve that can be dragged to alter its shape. Also known as control handle.
(mechanical engineering)
The arm connecting the bucket with the boom in a dipper shovel or hoe.

handle

(programming, operating system)
A simple item of data that identifies a resource. For example, a Unix file handle identifies an open file and associated data such as whether it was opened for read or write and the current read/write position. On the Macintosh, a handle is a pointer to a pointer to some dynamically-allocated memory. The extra level of indirection allows on-the-fly memory compaction or garbage collection without invalidating application program references to the allocated memory.

handle

(jargon)
An alias used intended to conceal a user's true identity in an electronic message. The term is common on Citizen's Band and other amateur radio but, in that context usually means the user's real name as FCC rules forbid concealing one's identity.

Use of grandiose handles is characteristic of crackers, weenies, spods, and other lower forms of network life; true hackers travel on their own reputations.

Compare nick.

handle

(1) Slang for a nickname, pseudonym, alias or username. For example, a Twitter handle is how people identify themselves on Twitter. For decades, "CB handles" have been the short but unique identities truck drivers use over citizens' band radio (see CB radio).

(2) A temporary name or number assigned to a file, font or other object. For example, an operating system may assign a sequential number to each file that it opens as a way of identifying it.

(3) In computer graphics, a tiny, square block on an image that can be grabbed for reshaping.


Graphics Handles
The handles are the tiny (blue) squares that are displayed when you select an object.
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What an amazing event and a tribute to Big Figure Promotions as well as the great man John Peel and long may the legacy continue.
A relative newcomer to bowls, the big figure of Whitham imposed himself on proceedings and beat Yorkshire county player Richard Bentley, of Cleckheaton Sports, 21-16 in the final.
On politicians, Mr Harri said: "Watching Rhodri Morgan's departure this week reminded me what a big figure he was when I started my career as a political journalist.
I know it seems a big figure, but if you compare it with the global stimulus package, it means that for less than 1 percent of that we could help meet the urgent human crisis that is unfolding, and that is just as essential to the stability of the world, Sheeran said.
Now I feel that if I continue playing to the level I am now, I will be a really big figure in this campaign.
He was the guy, a big figure, this icon to all of us,'' Batesole said.
I know being captain of Rangers means I'm a big figure in Scotland but the minute I step on the pitch I forget about that.
I hadn't noticed, which is why McGrath has a big figure in his 'plus' column and I have a big figure in the other one.
Meanwhile Big Figure Promotions have also organised at the last minute a show by Andy Cairns, who has fronted Therapy?
Saleroom manager Tom Waldron said: "Mimi was a big figure in John's life.
Supported by Glaswegian newcomers The Big Figure and fellow seventies stalwarts 10cc, Status Quo became the latest classic act to grace the picturesque grounds of Alnwick Castle in what proved to be a quintessentially British evening of nostalgic hits, picnics aplenty and the usual appearance of the ever-unpredictable national weather.
Confirmed bands are: Hendrix (Longbenton Community (Marden High School); Big Figure (Longbenton Community College); Cal Fraser (Whitley Bay High School); Correction House (Whitley Bay High School); The Liam Moore Band (Marden High School); Lost in Kansas City (Burnside Business Enterprise College); Melvin Murphy and the Notes (Whitley Bay High School); Pure (St Thomas More); Street Party in Soho (Norham Community College); Swiss Alpine Club (Marden High School).